PhD student/doctoral researcher (f/m/d) (M.Sc. in Physics or Chemistry) to investigate water splitting by transition metal oxide clusters with XAS and XMCD in a cryogenic ion trap

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB)

Berlin, Germany

Work group:

Highly sensitive X-ray spectroscopy



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Job description:

Reference No. FG 2019/15The Department Highly sensitive X-ray spectroscopyis looking for PhD student/doctoral researcher (f/m/d) (M.Sc. in Physics or Chemistry) to investigate water splitting by transition metal oxide clusters with XAS and XMCD in a cryogenic ion trap TasksOur department, in cooperation with Universität Freiburg, offers a PhD student/doctoral research position at our location in Berlin-Adlershof, to research on the topic:
‘Interaction of size-selected transition metal oxide clusters and their interaction with water molecules: oxidation states, spin states, structure, and water splitting’

The focus of the work consists in clarifying the interplay of structure and spin states in transition metal oxide clusters as well as their reactivity towards water molecules, with the aim of identifying conditions for efficient water splitting. For the preparation of these complexes, we use methods such as magnetron sputtering, gas-phase ion chemistry, and electrospray ionization. The mass-selected samples are mainly examined in a cryogenic ion trap. The candidate will work closely with a team of scientific staff and doctoral students of the department as well as in cooperation with renowned working groups.
RequirementsWe are seeking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong interest in new methods of experimental x-ray spectroscopy of gas-phase atomic, molecular, and cluster ions. To qualify for this position, the candidates should hold or have
a recent M.Sc. degree in physics, chemistry, or a related field expertise with experimental work in one or more of the following: RF ion traps, time-of-flight mass spectrometry, RF multipole ion guides, metal ion sources, electrospray ionization, gas-phase ion chemistry, cryogenics, metal clusters, high vacuum, physics or chemistry of transition metals ideally have gained experience with x-ray absorption spectroscopy, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy, or resonant inelastic x-ray scattering at synchrotron radiation sources or free-electron lasers the ability and willingness to perform cutting-edge research in international teams and to participate in beam times, which also includes occasional night shifts or weekend working hours  Further Information Prof. Dr. Tobias Lau+49 30 8062 14786tobias.lau@helmholtz-berlin.de Closing Date: 31.10.2019 apply



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Quote Reference: FG 2019/15

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